Qatar Nassau Stakes

Group 1, Goodwood 15:35
£600,000 added,
Fillies & Mares, 3yo plus,
1m 1f 197y, Class 1
  
Thursday 1st August 2019

Three-year-old fillies have won the four most recent renewals of the £600,000 G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes, run over just shy of 10 furlongs, and the Classic crop are set to launch another formidable challenge in the feature race on Ladies' Day, Thursday, August 1, which has 27 acceptors. 
 
Hermosa
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Hermosa
 
Hermosa (Aidan O'Brien IRE) won both the English and Irish 1,000 Guineas, while Channel (Francis-Henri Graffard FR) landed the Prix de Diane (the French Oaks) at Chantilly on June 16. 
 
G1 Oaks runner-up Pink Dogwood (Aidan O'Brien IRE) and G2 Prix de Malleret scorer Mehdaayih (John Gosden) could also represent the three-year-old generation. 
 
Older contenders include dual G1 winner Magical (Aidan O'Brien IRE), who chased home Enable in the G1 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park on July 6, and the first and second from the G2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot - Move Swiftly (William Haggas) and Rawdaa (Sir Michael Stoute). Japanese raider Deirdre (Mitsuru Yashida JPN), winner of the G1 Shuka Sho in 2017, also remains engaged. 
 
Wild Illusion
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Wild Illusion
 
Wild Illusion (Charlie Appleby) dominated from the front for a convincing success in the 2018 Qatar Nassau Stakes and the Godolphin filly could bid to become the first multiple winner since Midday completed a hat-trick of victories in the race in 2011. 
 
The four-year-old, who has also won two G1 races in France, finished fourth behind Iridessa (Joseph O'Brien IRE), Magic Wand (Aidan O'Brien IRE) and Pink Dogwood on her latest outing in the G1 Pretty Polly Stakes over a mile and a quarter at the Curragh, Ireland, on June 28. 
 
Charlie Appleby said: "We have left Wild Illusion in the Qatar Nassau Stakes and we will certainly have a look at running her again. 
 
"The ground was quick enough for her in the Pretty Polly Stakes, but she has come out of the race with no problems.

"She has a couple of options, including the G1 Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville (August 18), and does appreciate a bit of ease the ground. 
 
"If conditions at Goodwood are suitable, I am sure that we will be taking a good, strong look at the race, although it can be tough to give weight to the three-year-olds, as we found to our benefit last year."

Qatar Nassau Stakes
(British Champions Series)
£600,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m 1f 197y, Class 1
27 remaining entries
Six-day confirmations and £40,000 supplementary entry stage July 26. Final declarations 10am July 30.

Horse
Age
Trainer
ANTONIA DE VEGA (IRE)
3
Ralph Beckett 
CHANNEL (IRE)
3
Francis-Henri Graffard FR
CORAL BEACH (IRE)
3
Aidan O'Brien IRE
DEIRDRE (JPN)
5
Mitsuru Hashida JPN
EDISA (USA)
3
Alain de Royer Dupre FR
GODDESS (USA)
3
Aidan O'Brien IRE
HAPPEN (USA)
3
Aidan O'Brien IRE
HERMOSA (IRE)
3
Aidan O'Brien IRE
I CAN FLY
4
Aidan O'Brien IRE
IRIDESSA (IRE)
3
Joseph O'Brien IRE 
JUST WONDERFUL (USA)
3
Aidan O'Brien IRE
MAGIC WAND (IRE)
4
Aidan O'Brien IRE
MAGICAL (IRE)
4
Aidan O'Brien IRE
MAQSAD (FR)
3
William Haggas 
MEHDAAYIH
3
John Gosden 
MOVE SWIFTLY
4
William Haggas 
NAUSHA
3
Roger Varian 
NYALETI (IRE)
4
Mark Johnston 
PINK DOGWOOD (IRE)
3
Aidan O'Brien IRE
QABALA (USA)
3
Roger Varian 
RAWDAA
4
Sir Michael Stoute 
STAR CATCHER
3
John Gosden 
SUN MAIDEN
4
Sir Michael Stoute 
TEREBELLUM (IRE)
3
John Gosden 
VERACIOUS
4
Sir Michael Stoute 
WILD ILLUSION
4
Charlie Appleby 
WORTH WAITING
4
David Lanigan